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Jim Dixon Lyr Req/Add: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (21) Lyr Add: EV’RYBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN (Dorsey) 20 May 21


You can hear this version at the Internet Archive or on YouTube.
My transcription:


EV’RYBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN (But Nobody Wants To Die)
(Timmie Rogers, Al Fields, Tom Delaney)
As recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with vocal by Sy Oliver, Decca 27248, 1950.

Now, ev’rybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
Ev’rybody says they’re not afraid, but they act shy.
They say they can’t wait for the day,
But when it comes they want to stay.
Evrybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

That’s the trouble now—

Ev’rybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
Ev’rybody says they’d go right now; believe me, that’s a lie.
They want to see the promised land,
But dyin’ for it ain’t too grand.
Let ‘em in! – Nobody wants to die.

[scat] … all go to heaven – nobody wants to die.
They’d like to hear the angels sing up in the sky,
But then they call the doctor when they’re sick
And say: “Please cure me, quick, quick, quick!”
I must admit I’m just like you:
I’m stallin’ on that journey too.
We know that Gabriel can blow,
But we’d rather listen to old Satchmo.
Ev’rybody wants to go to heaven
But nobody—
No, nobody—
Nobody wants to die.


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